The Generation Green and My THAT Hour

TGG Mentor and Mentee Interaction Program

TGG Mentor and Mentee Interaction Program

WWF, Nepal in the collaboration with its associate partners, namely ECCA (Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness), SENSE Nepal, Youth Alliance for Environment and Green Youth of Lumbini announced the long awaited “mentorship” program under “The Generation Green Campaign”. Mentors and Mentees were the profound character of the program. The mentees were the youth of aged 16-26 of various academic background from different regions of Nepal whereas the mentors were the most celebrated professional figures in the field of banking, media, art and music, environment, etc. Superstar Rajesh Hamal, former Miss Nepal Malvika Subba, Chief Secretary of Government of Nepal Mr. Leela Mani Poudyal, coordinator of Hariyo Ban Program Dr. Shant Raj Jnawali, CEO of Mega Bank Anil Shah and others are to name few. The core concept of such integration was to enhance the conservation regime of Nepal with unison, thus ensuring that no loophole occurs in between various structural activities brought up for conservation in various parts of Nepal.

As the name itself suggests “The Generation Green”, this six long months mentorship program will grant an once in a life time opportunity for the mentees to be under the shade of these experts who have left no stone unturned in their respective significant field. 7-8 mentees being in average under each mentor during the mentorship period will be made familiar with the proficiency of respective mentors with an aim to develop a leadership amidst youths.

The inauguration of program was done with the official press conference at the venue of Kings Way, City Museum. The cozy room with the unique portrait frame being displayed and dazzling limelight was pleasant enough to forget the incessant rainy and extensively gloomy day of the Kathmandu valley.

I, being one of the mentee under the mentorship of Dr. Shanta Raj Jnawali would really like to appreciate the all the background efforts taken by all the organizations and its active members. Personally, my heartfelt thanks goes to WWF, The Generation Green Campaign, ECCA and other partner organization who brought us a chance to be a part of this Mentorship Program.

The interaction program in between the respective mentors and mentees were facilitated in the cubical room. Accordingly, I was blessed enough to stand next to the Dr. Shanta Raj Jnawali. His gentle attitude, soothing personality and laconic speech was enough for us to accept him as real conservationist. His appearance full of enthusiasm and his success story he shared was what motivated us even more.

Well, this was the very first day and still with the remaining 5 months and 29 days the interaction program adjourned with a word to gather again soon. This was “My that hour”.

 

Contributor: Mr. Ang Sherpa (is a member of TGG and is being mentored by Dr. Shanta Raj Jnawali).

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Supporting Children to Learn English- An International Volunteer’s Experience

English volunteer Anna Waters has been working with ECCA over the past four months. As part of ECCA’s ‘Support A Child’ campaign, she has been giving English language classes to students from Shree Minnath Aadarsha Lower Secondary School, a government-funded school in Lalitpur. She has also been involved in creating a fundraising project through GlobalGiving to provide computers for the students at this school.

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English volunteer Anna Waters

“I have really enjoyed giving English classes here,” she says. “As a qualified teacher, I am used to teaching English as a second language to students of all ages and abilities, but it’s been a very different experience from giving lessons in Europe. Here in Nepal, the students are really interested and motivated to learn English, and they are keen to make the most of the classes.

Hard-working Grade 7 students have been taking English classes with Anna twice a week

Hard-working Grade 7 students have been taking English classes with Anna twice a week

The lessons I give focus on interaction, so that students can practise speaking, which is one of the most important things about learning a language. We also play educational games to help them memorise the new vocabulary and to have some fun in the classroom!

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Classes encourage students to interact together. Grade 7 students Dipendra and Anita are carrying out a class survey

For me, teaching is very rewarding as I can see the students making progress each week. I enjoy the challenge of thinking of creative ways of making the lessons fun and educational, and it always makes me happy to see the students enjoying their classes. They have made a lot of progress in a short space of time. I hope that they will remember what they have learnt and will continue to study English in the future!”

Students working together to practise speaking in English

Students working together to practise speaking in English

Anna has also been involved in creating a fundraising campaign to provide computers for the students at this school. She hopes that this will help the students to learn the I.T. skills which they need in future. “At the school, the students are really struggling to learn computer skills due to the lack of computers available”, she explains. “It would be wonderful if we can raise the necessary funds to support their education”.

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Grade 8 students Muna and Manoj have also been studying English with Anna. Here they are learning how to use computer programs.

To support Anna’s campaign to provide computers for this school, please visit our GlobalGiving page.

 

Working as an ECCA International Volunteer

Swiss volunteer Raphael Graser has been working with ECCA for the past couple of months as part of his Masters degree in International Affairs and Governance at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He has been involved in carrying out research for the WATASOL project, which is part of our ‘Safe Water for Healthy Nepal’ campaign.

Swiss volunteer Raphael Graser

Swiss volunteer Raphael Graser

Raphael has found his experience at ECCA to be very productive and beneficial. “I got the opportunity to meet a lot of really interesting people”, he says. “The staff at ECCA are really committed to the project and I was also given the chance to meet with people from different international organisations and NGOs, such as WHO and Unicef. A lot of the organisations were really welcoming… I was a bit surprised that they had so much time for me- in Switzerland, it would be much more difficult to have that opportunity… it’s a different culture!”

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Raphael interviewing a teacher about the use of WATASOL in the school

Raphael hopes that his research into the marketing of WATASOL will help ECCA to find potential customers and investigate new ways of reaching out to people across Nepal in promoting this product. His work at ECCA has given him some valuable insights into this field, as well as into working life in an NGO. “Experiencing a different working culture makes you more open-minded and gives you a different approach. You can learn a lot more, and it’s good for personal development”, he explains.

Raphael and ECCA staff working to promote sales of WATASOL

Raphael and ECCA staff working to promote sales of WATASOL

Aside from his work at ECCA, Raphael has very much enjoyed spending time in Kathmandu. “I really enjoy the culture and traditions here. People have been very warm-hearted and friendly towards me. I also really love the food, even though it’s sometimes a bit spicy!”, he says.

Raphael with ECCA volunteers at a Door-to-Door campaign to promote WATASOL

Raphael with ECCA volunteers at a Door-to-Door campaign to promote WATASOL

Raphael is heading back to Switzerland this month to finish his Masters degree. He plans to spend the rest of this year working as an intern at the Swiss Embassy in South Korea, and following this, he hopes to find work at an NGO based in Switzerland.  We wish him the best of luck for the future!

To find out more about volunteering for ECCA, please contact us.

Volunteer Experience of ECCA’s Three Day Interaction Session at Dalchowki

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ECCA volunteer Sneha Bajracharya

ECCA volunteers have been hard at work recently, assisting our many programs and campaigns. Volunteer Sneha Bajracharya recently took part in a three day training program for nature club students in Dalchowki, southern Lalitpur. Here she shares with us her experience:

“I found the overall program to be really interesting and beneficial to me on a personal and professional level. The most important part for me was learning about the present situation of the educational system in Nepal and the challenges faced in different government-funded schools. Students and teachers brought along proposals for their plans to improve their school environment which gave a really valuable insight into the problems they face and their motivation to overcome them.

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Sneha leading the session

I facilitated a session on waste management and I think the students grasped the concept well. The students were genuinely interested, easy to be with, and working with them really helped me visualize myself working as a responsible resources person in the future.

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Sneha and Bipin assisting the students

Every time I get an opportunity to go on a field visit outside the Kathmandu valley, it gives me a chance to overcome my fear of public speaking, which probably is the biggest challenge for me. The more I get to interact with students from different backgrounds, the more I get to know about various cultures, languages spoken, and find out about aspects of Nepal and Nepalese that I had not been aware of.

Sneha (center) with the students

Sneha (center) with the students

Becoming familiar with rural settings and being an ambassador for rural change have been the main focuses of my studies and ECCA Nepal has provided me with a great deal of opportunities to put what I have learnt into practice. The program was a meaningful, as well as fun, experience for me.

Would you like to learn more about our programs and become involved in ECCA’s work as a volunteer? If you have a genuine interest and are motivated to help us, we would love to hear from you.

Recalling that Saturday: Experiences of a Volunteer

At ECCA, the success of our campaigns and programs is much down to the hard work of our fantastic volunteers. We work as a Professional Volunteer Organisation, providing new experiences and opportunities to students and interested youth, who in turn bring their energy and creative ideas to our work.

Aasish Karna joined ECCA as a volunteer 3 months ago. After volunteering in the 3rd National Children’s Club Conference that took place in April, he worked as an invigilator for the 4th National On The Spot Essay Competition on June 14. He shares his experience of the day:

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“It was a great day and full of new experiences. It was my first time volunteering in an essay competition. I got a chance to learn new things regarding program management. The most memorable part of the day was invigilating the participants. I had not worked as an invigilator in any competitions or exams before. I was little bit nervous at first, but later the environment turned friendly and I enjoyed being there. I’ve been learning many things and gaining new experiences.”

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If you are interested in becoming part of our team of volunteers, we would love to hear from you.